Originally posted by Derek
Looking for a Photo printer and just wondering if this is enough for alot or what ever else.
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All the suggestions offered are fine, but first you should elaborate more on what you actually want to do.
1. A4, A3+ or bigger?
2. Colour only or b&w as well?
3. What will you do with the prints- display, frame, sell, stick in a folder/album?
I went through this exercise and here are my conclusions.
1. Epson is the best photo printer, though the gap is narrow
2. For most prints 1440 dpi is fine and you will have difficulty differentiating from 2880 dpi, let alone higher. Droplet size and how they are placed on the paper are being refined with every new printer.
3. For speed, Canons rule and their quality (as with HP) is very close to Epson.
4. Individual ink cartridges are more efficient but not necessarily more economical. I finalised on the Epson 1290S which uses a black and a 5-in-1 photo cartridge. The whole 5-in-1 costs the about the same as a single cartridge in the Epson 2100/2200 and about a quarter of the colour and photo cartridges for an HP.
5. For b&w you have the HP 7960 for A4, the Epson 2100/2200 for A3+, or almost any Epson if you go for third party solutions (I tried Lyson and have been very impressed).
6. You don't have to stick to the manufacturer's paper and ink, though if you print infrequently it makes sense. If you print frequently, try and standardise on a combination (and don't be afraid to try) and then think about getting custom profiles.
7. Photoshop can make a big difference. iPhoto is indispensable.